Nov. 2, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sophomore Chase Tennant’s (Rochester, Mich./Rochester HS) first goal of the seaeson lifted the University of Michigan men’s soccer team past Wisconsin, 1-0, on Thursday (Nov. 2) in the opening round of the Big Ten Championship at Ohio State’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The upset of the No. 3-seeded Badgers (9-8-2) puts the No. 6-seeded Wolverines (7-9-4) in the semifinals.
Tennant’s header in the 67th minute was assisted by sophomore Steve Bonnell (St. Clair Shores, Mich./Detroit Country Day School) and freshman Mauro Fuzetti (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS). Bonnell set up the play with a pass to Fuzetti on the right flank, and Fuzetti then crossed the ball to a diving Tennant. Tennant headed in the marker from seven yards out, beating Badgers’ keeper Jake Settle to his left.
The Wolverines’ best scoring chance of the first half came in the 22nd minute with senior tri-captain Kevin Hall (Kalamazoo, Mich./Central HS) taking his second shot on goal, but the Badgers keeper deflected the ball off the crossbar and back into play. The scoring chance was set up with beautiful passing in tight quarters with Michigan stringing three passes past five Wisconsin defenders. On the last touch of the ball, freshman Peri Marosevic (Rockford, Ill./Edison Academy) made the pass to Hall, who took the shot from 17 yards out on the right flank.
The first scoring opportunity for Michigan came in the second minute when Marosevic slipped the ball to sophomore Alex Morisset (Shelby Township, Mich./De La Salle HS). Morisset made a run on net past two defenders and took a shot six yards from the goal on the left flank as Settle made the save.
Hall took the second shot on goal for U-M in the seventh minute. Morisset passed the ball to a streaking Hall, who then fired the shot from 16 yards out with Settle deflecting the ball high and out of bounds for a Michigan corner kick. The Wolverines came away scoreless on the corner kick after the ball was knocked out of the goal mouth by the Badger goalkeeper. The first half concluded with a 0-0 score, while Michigan held the shooting edge over Wisconsin, 11-4.
Six minutes into the second stanza, U-M sophomore/freshman goalkeeper Patrick Sperry (Hinsdale, Ill./Hinsdale Central HS) made his second save of the match. A Wisconsin attacker took the shot 19 yards out and Sperry made a diving save to his right.
Two minutes later senior Bobby Trybula (Loveland, Ohio/Bishop Mueller HS) took his first shot on goal. The scoring chance was taken from the left flank after Trybula made a run past two defenders and took a wide shot that hit the side of the net.
After the Michigan goal, the Maize and Blue continued to attack the Wisconsin defense, firing back-to-back shots with Settle making both saves. The first shot was taken by Marosevic in the 71st minute from the right flank as Settle came out of the net to block the shot. Sophomore Jake Stacy (Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central HS) recovered the rebound and pounded a shot back into the hands of Settle, who deflected the ball out for a Michigan corner kick. Bonnell took a header that went wide on the corner kick for the Wolverines.
Closing out the final minutes of the match, the Wolverine defense held strong, disrupting three corner kicks and earning their sixth shutout of the year.
Michigan advances to the semifinals of the Big Ten Championships and will play the winner of the Ohio State and Michigan State match. The Wolverines will play Friday (Nov. 3) at 7:30 p.m. in Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
Post Game Quotes
Steve Burns, Michigan Head Coach
On the game
“Wisconsin is a strong team. They put a great season together. I want to congratulate them. We forced Wisconsin to play a more direct game, while we were strong forcing the weak side. They had their chances to come back in and equalize, especially late in the game, but I’m pleased to see that our season will continue.”
Jeff Rohrman, Wisconsin Head Coach
On the game
“I’m proud of our team and our players. They gave a great effort all season. I feel for them because in a lot of ways I think we are an NCAA tournament caliber team. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to work out that way. I’m really proud of our team, especially our seniors. They gave us a great four years.”